Configuring Remote Desktop - Windows

Step 1: Configuring Your On-Campus Windows Computer for Remote Desktop Connections

In order to make remote desktop connections, you must enable remote desktop on your on campus Windows desktop.

To do this in Windows Vista, 7 and 8/8.1, 

  • Press the Windows key and the R key on your keyboard to bring up a Run prompt, and then type sysdm.cpl


  • You will get a window similar to the one shown below.
  • Ensure that Allow Connections from computers running any version of remote desktop is selected. If you will be connecting to this workstation from Windows vista or Windows 7, you may select the more secure option by selecting Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication.

System Properties

Step 2: Configuring Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Tool for Windows to Connect to an On-Campus Computer

  • To connect using the U of S Remote Desktop Gateway, you will need the latest remote desktop client software that supports Terminal Services Gateway.
  • In windows 7, windows 2008, and windows 2008 R2 this feature is built-in. For all other earlier Windows clients (Windows XP and Vista), you will need to download and install the Remote Desktop Connection v7.0 or later.
  • You can download the appropriate installer for your operating system from Microsoft see:
  • On the off-campus computer you want to connect to your desktop from, start the Remote Desktop connection by clicking on Start -> All programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop connection.
Accessories - Remote Desktop Connection
  • On Windows 7, you will get a screen similar to this one.

 Remote Desktop Connection

  • The options windows allows you specify your user name and to save the settings of this RDP connection to a file in case you want to copy it over or just save the settings for next use or if you want to create a different connection setting for connecting to different computers.

Advanced Tab

  • To setup the Remote Desktop Gateway, click on the Advanced tab.
  • You will get something similar to the image below. If you don't see Connect from anywhere settings options, you are probably running an older version of Remote Desktop connection software and you need to download the latest version to be able to use the terminal services gateway. See the pre-requisites section above.

Connect from anywhere

Under the Advanced tab, click on the Settings button. You will get an image similar to the one below.

  • Under the Connection Settings, click to choose Use these RD Gateway server settings
  • In the "Server name" field, type in
  • UNCHECK the box for "Bypass RD Gateway server for local addresses"
  • and then click OK to return back to the previous screen

  enter information

  • Open the General Tab
  • Type in the following Logon Information:
    • Computer: Type in the Hostname or IP address of the computer you are wanting to remote into (See Finding your computer name).
    • User Name: Type in the username for the computer you are remoting into

computer name

  • Click the Connect button. 
  • You will be prompted for your user name and password for the RD Gateway server
  • Provide your NSID in the form USASK\NSID or and your password and then click the OK button. 

Enter your credentials

  • Note that once you have configured the Remote Desktop Gateway on your off-campus computer, Remote Desktop Connection will save this configuration and will automatically use the Remote Desktop Gateway the next time you use it. That is, you only need to configure an off-campus computer once using the steps described above.
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